Welcome to Waitaki Valley
A succession of sleepy little towns line the highway, peppered with rustic old bank buildings and pubs. One of the most appealing is tiny Kurow, the home town of World Cup–winning retired All Blacks captain Richie McCaw. From almost-as-cute Duntroon, adventurous (and appropriately insured) drivers can take the unsealed road over Danseys Pass to Naseby.
Although they've got a way to go to attain the global reputation enjoyed by their colleagues in Central Otago, a few winemaking pioneers in Waitaki Valley are producing wine of which international experts are taking notice.